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U.N. council unites on terror

From CNN Associate Producer Lauren Rivera

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UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- U.N. Security Council members have unanimously backed a Russian-sponsored resolution to intensify the international battle against terrorism.

The resolution calls for all nations to prosecute or extradite anyone supporting, financing or participating in terrorist acts.

Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Andrey Denisov said the resolution "sends a strong signal that we are united, that the Security Council stands united in that struggle against terrorism."

The resolution calls for broader cooperation among the 191 U.N. member states to find and bring to justice anyone involved in terrorism "on the basis of the principle to extradite or prosecute."

It demands that all countries cooperate "especially with those states where or against whose citizens terrorist acts are committed."

The 15-0 vote comes after weeks of consultations with member states after Chechen militants hijacked two planes in August and murdered more than 300 people in a hostage-taking at a school in Beslan in September.

The resolution was adopted one day after several car bombings hit Egyptian resorts frequented by Israelis where at least 29 were confirmed killed and more than 30 were unaccounted for.

"Members of the council reaffirmed their view that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, whenever and by whomsover committed," said Emyr Jones Parry, the British ambassador to the United Nations who holds the rotating presidency of the council.

The resolution creates a working group to study measures and take action against terrorists and terrorist groups that are not affiliated with al Qaeda or the Taliban.

Other co-sponsors of the resolution include Spain, which was the target of a deadly commuter train bombing on March 11, the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Romania.


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